Personal blogs are abandoned at a rate of about 60-80% within one month of creation and the vast majority of the longer survivors don’t last much more than two years (source). I have beat the average–blogging for more than three year now. I am motivated to continue in several ways:
- the joy of writing
- personal projects
- learning and challenges
I compiled n spread sheet to evaluate my comment frequency. I found that the average number of comments on my posts has been about 12, and with a mean around 10. The most useful information would be “unique commentors” per each thread so as to eliminate a long thread of just two people arguing, or a thread crowded with my comments. Also, not all comments are equal — we all value some commentors input more than others. Given those caveats, here is a summary of my comment stats:
- ZERO comments: 9%
- 1-4 comments: 15%
- >10 comments: 49%
- >20 comments: 16%
- >30 comments: 7%
I am extremely grateful to my commentors. I hope to keep nurturing them. I think length of posts will scare away many readers and commentors — especially without images, diagrams or charts. Unless someone is an amazing writer or revealing excellent new ideas or information, I am not motivated to read a long personal blog.
I decided to get the stats for my top 10 commented blogs (see below) and see how many views they had and how long each post was. I found none of those posts went over 700 words. To obtain a word count, I cut and past my post here. For example: this post is about 415 words long.
Question to readers:
- How have you thought about increasing your posts’ comments?
- Do you try to limit the length of your posts?
My top 10 commented posts:
|Why Yahweh Kills Innocents||110||529||564|
|Religion and Drugs||70||990||415|
|Your Violence Policy||70||1232||168|
|Who is a Christian||70||291||297|
|Metaphorical vs. Literal Truth||64||218||562|
|Atheists who prefer Hell||52||556||509|